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Senior Contract Specialist

​Once an Army base, now a new kind of national park, the Presidio of San Francisco is the largest preservation effort underway in the United States. The Presidio operates as a wholly-owned government corporation and faces many of the typical contracting needs and challenges that a private sector operating business needs to address. In addition, we have unique opportunities to work with professionals in historic preservation, archaeology, historic landscape architecture, materials conservation, forestry, curatorial practices, and construction and engineering.


The Presidio Trust's contracting team supports major contracting efforts in the Presidio. On a regular basis our team supports our hospitality, public programming, educational initiatives, operations, planning, information technology, transportation and many interesting and multi-faceted lines of business.


Our ideal candidate is an experienced contracting professional or trained paralegal with demonstrated experience regarding many different types of contracts. You have a broad range of skills that you can apply to any contracting situation (vs. specialized expertise in one area). You will work with construction, architectural, engineering, general consulting, and other agreements with other federal, state and city agencies. You will also work on contracts for cyclic maintenance, roads & grounds, small construction, agency agreements, public exhibits and shows, and Off the Grid picnic, and you must be able to switch gears quickly and easily.


Applications received by Monday, July 22, 2019 will receive first consideration. We are planning to hold interviews beginning the week of July 29, make a job offer in mid-August, and set a work start date in early September 2019.



  • Perform pre-award contract activities, develop contracting plan, contractor resourcing, interface with various user groups (engineering, construction, operations) in support of preparation of RFP's/IFB's, conduct pre-bid meetings/jobwalks, bid evaluation and price negotiations, award recommendations, and contract execution.
  • Coordinate negotiation of contract terms and conditions.
  • Perform all facets of post award contract administration.
  • Administer changes to contracts including claim mitigation/resolution.
  • Proactive with contractors to ensure contract compliance, various reporting and contract requirements, invoices and supporting documents in a timely manner.
  • Monitor Davis Bacon/Service Contract Act prevailing wage rates where applicable.
  • Perform close out of contracts and finalize outstanding contract issues, final invoices and contractor performance evaluations.
  • Interface with Trust management with respect to contracting and bidding activities.
  • Use a variety of construction contract formats including Guaranteed Maximum Price ("GC at Risk"), Lump Sum, Not to Exceed, Design/Build models.
  • Assist the Associate Director of Contracting in working with Legal to develop new contract formats and ensure proper document language.
  • Support the Associate Director of Contracting in mentoring and training Contracting Branch personnel.
  • Support Contracting Branch by assisting the Associate Director of Contracting in mentoring and training Contracting Branch personnel. 



  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited university and at least 5 years of relevant experience with a wide variety of contract types (preferably construction, architecture/engineering)
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Good negotiation and decision-making skills
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills, work ethic, and commitment to providing excellent customer service, while establishing and maintaining effective working relationships. 
  • Computer literacy in word processing and spread sheets (MS Office)
  • Highly organized with meticulous attention to detail. 
  • Self-motivated to manage multiple projects simultaneously, excellent problem-solving skills, and ability to be flexible and adapt with change. 
  • Ability to function in an environment of flexibility and creativity
  • Ability to examine all information and make useful and responsible decisions
  • Ability to implement prevailing wage requirements
  • Ability to meet hard deadlines while maintaining quality and precision of contracting documents
  • Adaptability and resilience
  • Customer focus
  • Communication and follow-up skills
  • Formal presentation skills
  • Innovation and integrity
  • Excellence and business acumen


  • Optimistic and positive attitude with a demonstrated deep commitment to the highest level of customer service
  • Bright, confident, and enthusiastic demeanor with passion for parks; strong desire to work for the Presidio Trust
  • Experience working with Oracle Financial Systems or similar enterprise financial systems
  • Creativity and flexibility
  • Construction background is a plus


About Presidio Trust Contracting

Approximately 3,000 people reside in apartments, townhomes, single-family homes or duplexes in one of the 21 distinct Presidio neighborhoods, which are located near forest groves, trails, waterfront paths, a golf course, and a beach. More than 3.5 million square feet of non-residential space is located around the park. Two-thirds of the buildings are historic, representing a variety of architectural styles, from the Spanish era through World War II. The Presidio is an extraordinary place to work for the thousands of employees of approximately 100 businesses who lease commercial space. Presidio Trust Contracting partners with Operations to ensure that the Presidio Trust maintains its financial self-sufficiency and is able to provide beneficial public programming, ensuring that future generations will continue to enjoy the beautiful Presidio.


Background Investigation

The Presidio Trust has identified this position as subject to an employment background investigation which shall consist of a review of applicable county, state and Federal criminal and civil records, state bankruptcy indexes and a credit report. An individual's granting of a background investigation and resulting report is voluntary. However, employment in this sensitive position is contingent upon the successful completion of an employment background investigation. The Presidio Trust may refuse to hire an individual, may rescind an offer of employment to an individual, or may review and terminate the employment of a current employee not successfully completing the background investigation.


Financial Disclosure

This position requires the completion of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics (OGE) Form 450, Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, both as a New Entrant into the position and annually thereafter. The purpose of the financial disclosure system is to assist employees and their agencies in avoiding conflicts between official duties and private financial interests or affiliations.​